Pick the right pair of walk­ing trousers as we head into the cooler sea­sons.

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Soft shell type fab­rics that are more wind- and wa­ter-re­sis­tant and slightly thicker are of­ten used in win­ter trousers. Some may even have wa­ter­proof pan­els in them. How­ever the more wa­ter­proof or wind-re­sis­tant the fab­ric, the less breath­able it will be and this can re­sult in a clammy feel­ing against the skin. So max­i­mum wa­ter and wind re­sis­tance is not al­ways ideal. You can al­ways throw on a pair of wa­ter­proof overtrousers in more ex­treme weather.


For in­creased dura­bil­ity when scram­bling, climb­ing or moun­taineer­ing, look for trousers with knees, seat or an­kle abra­sion pan­els. Thicker ma­te­ri­als are also of­ten more durable than thin­ner op­tions.


A stretchy waist, ei­ther with a belt or the op­tion of adding one, gives all-round ad­justa­bil­ity. Some trousers also have a soft lin­ing for ex­tra com­fort. A high waist will pro­tect the lower back bet­ter, par­tic­u­larly when scram­bling or wear­ing a ruck­sack with a hip­belt.


It’s good if some pock­ets have zip­pers to keep items safe. Pock­ets that will ac­com­mo­date a map are par­tic­u­larly prac­ti­cal, but make sure you can ac­cess them even while wear­ing a ruck­sack hip­belt.


The best fab­rics will have stretch in both the hor­i­zon­tal and ver­ti­cal di­rec­tion. How­ever, if the cut of the trousers is good, stretch in one di­rec­tion is fine, or just a small panel of stretch ma­te­rial may be needed.


Ven­ti­la­tion al­lows you to cool down. It will also make more in­su­lated trousers ver­sa­tile enough to wear in a wider range of con­di­tions. Look for vents on the legs or mesh-lined pock­ets.


An­kle cuffs that can be ad­justed are best, as this al­lows them to be used with dif­fer­ent pairs of boots and to be cinched in when scram­bling. Draw­cords, Vel­cro and press studs are ideal for pre­vent­ing ma­te­rial from flap­ping around the an­kle cuff. Zipped an­kle cuffs al­low trousers to be fit­ted more closely over the wide and taller an­kle cuff of a ski boot or moun­taineer­ing boot, and also al­low a more re­laxed style when a neater fit is not needed.


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